T-Mobile, Cricket get ready to welcome Lumia 530 to the US

Summer already seems like a distant memory at this point, and the smartphones it brought us have started to be eclipsed by new models, like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and now all this Nexus 6 talk. But some of those summer launches have been taking their sweet time getting here, and we’re only now starting to see their availability come to carriers in the States. Back in July, Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530, the latest budget-priced handset from the manufacturer. We knew that T-Mobile would be offering the phone, but at the time we didn’t have a better ETA than “later this year.” Well, now we know just when “later” is, as both T-Mobile and Cricket share their plans for the start of Lumia 530 sales.

Cricket’s up first, adding the 530 to its lineup tomorrow, October 3. The Windows Phone handset is set to hit the carrier for the very low price of just about $50, ready to start taking advantage of Cricket’s no-contract plans.

T-Mobile has a little longer of a wait before it gets the 530, welcoming the phone in about two weeks, on October 15. It’s also a bit more expensive over there, where the 520 will sell for closer to $80 – still crazy affordable, granted, but the sixty percent price bump over Cricket is nonetheless a relatively major one.

In case you’ve forgotten, the Lumia 530 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon, has a four-inch FWVGA display, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP main camera, and 4GB of internal storage (with microSD support for expansion). Anyone planning to pick this guy up?

Source: T-Mobile, Cricket

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